HendasLaw.com was formed in 2018 for the purpose of leveraging the political influence of Henda’s Law to maintain the accountability of law makers and to bring continued awareness to Dense Breast Tissue and the complexities of its existence as related to Breast Cancer.
Henda’s Law changed the standard of care for every woman in the State of Texas on June 17, 2011. The existence of HB-2102, by State law, requires every mammography provider to specifically notify women that they have DENSE breast tissue and the increased risks associated therewith.
The law is named after Henda Salmeron, the “Maverick Mom, Survivor, Author, Investor, and Award Winning Real Estate Broker” who created, lobbied, and passed Texas HB-2102. Since its ratification in the State of Texas in 2011 it has directly influenced the subsequent passing and/or introduction sister bills all across the country.
The law is responsible for alerting tens millions of women about their Dense Breasts and their increased potential for undetected breast tumors. Furthermore, it has educated them all as to their their rights as a patient and facilitated advanced screening that has has saved tens of thousands lives.
Proceeds from HendasLaw.com support The Henda Salmeron Foundation which provides healthcare services, financial assistance, and breast cancer screening to women who might not otherwise be able to afford proper care.
My mission was smiple
To pass legislationÂ in Texas to increase education and awareness about dense breast tissue and to helpÂ at risk women andÂ those with dense breast tissue get better screening options to detect breast cancer at an early stage. Mammograms save livesÂ but itÂ fails more than 40% of the time toÂ detectÂ tumors inÂ women with dense breast tissue.
June 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.: Mr. Vaught, my name is Henda Salmeron. I had to Google you, as I didnâ€™t know who my local state representative was. And Iâ€™m sorry, but I also didnâ€™t vote for you. Mr. Vaught, I need you to, no . . . actually . . . I beg you . . . please help me change the standard of care for women with dense breast tissue!
I told Texas Representative Allen Vaught my story and pointed out some of what Iâ€™d already learned, namely that almost half of premenopausal women have dense breast tissue. I reminded him we were mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, wives, and often younger women who deserved to know the truth about our breasts. We were not a small minority! He agreed to consider the case.
Note: Allen Vaught was the Texas House Representative for district 107 in 2009 and 2010. He lost his re-election bid and I had to find new supporters to file and sponsor the dense breast tissue bill Vaught drafted.
June 17, 2011
Governor Perry signed Henda’s Law in Austin!Â
House Representative Ana Hernandez sponsored HB2102 in the House and Senator Rodney Ellis inÂ the SenateÂ
The legislation requires thatÂ a certified mammography facility approved by the FDA or a certification agency approved by the FDA, shall upon completion of the mammogram provide to the patientÂ information that contains the following:
Â â€œIf your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician. Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue. A report of your mammogram results, will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.â€Â Â